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A Keen Analysis of the Influences on Inception

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 28, 2020

Ten years on from the release of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society smartly traces the key influences of the film, rejecting the simplistic notion that Inception is just a rip-off of Paprika or The Matrix. Instead, he delves into long-standing themes in science fiction and other genres that Nolan is able to synthesize into something new. (Remember, everything is a remix.)

Also, kudos to Saladino to getting through an entire video on the ideas that influenced Inception without making an inception joke or reference, e.g. “Dark City incepted Nolan into including malleable architecture”. Clearly I could not have resisted.

Interactive bendy map of Manhattan

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 27, 2015

Bendy Map of Manhattan

From Mapzen’s exploration of map projections other than the familiar (and often misleading) Mercator, an Inception-style view of Manhattan (or anywhere you want to point the map to…like Paris or London), inspired by Berg’s Here & There project (which I was a fan of, obviously).

OS X Inception

posted by Jason Kottke   May 09, 2011

For those of you who are still confused about what happened to whom and in whose mind, here’s a 1-minute silent explanation of Inception using only the OS X Finder.

(via stellar)

Inception iPhone app

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 09, 2010

The Inception iPhone app takes the music from the movie and remixes it with the sounds around you (office chatter, street noise, etc.).

Inception The App transports Inception The Movie straight into your life. New dreams can be unlocked in many ways, for example by walking, being in a quiet room, while traveling or when the sun shines. You will get realtime musical experiences, featuring new and exclusive music from the Inception soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer.

Bad: I can hear the people in the office talking, which is the precise thing I’m attempting to prevent by wearing headphones.

Inception Blu-ray/DVD pre-order

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 14, 2010

Inception is available for pre-order at Amazon in Blu-ray and DVD formats. Release date is December 7th.

Christopher Nolan’s Implementation

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 29, 2010

What if Dom Cobb and his team from Inception were management consultants instead of dream extractors? This:

DiCaprio takes a helicopter to Wharton, where he meets his father. “Who’s your best student in the visual representation of quantitative information?”

Ellen Page walks a few steps behind DiCaprio onto a roof. He turns to her. “You have three minutes to make a PowerPoint presentation that will take me three hours to click through.”